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Parent Newsletter 04/03/2020

Hello Families!

It’s wonderful, warm (kinda) April! I love to feel the warm sun and to see the spring flowers blooming! These things fill me with hope! I believe that all will soon be well in this crazy world, and one day the spring of 2020 will be something we recall with emotion and wonder.

On-line learning has been in full swing now for a few days, and word from the teachers is that things are going well overall. The teachers had to learn how to use Canvas, and now our families are learning as well. It has been a steep learning curve for all of us, but I guess we are never too old to learn! A big shout out to all of you, teachers and families, for your patience and adaptability with our new learning protocol.

Here are some items for the week:

Spring Break – Monday, April 6 – Friday, April 10

This spring break will definitely be different for all of us this year with the restrictions that have been put in place. Regardless, I hope you all find time to relax, read, binge watch a favorite show, sleep, and enjoy your families.

Because it’s spring break, there is no expectation for school work to be completed next week. In fact, the teachers have been asked to not do any work or even check emails during the week so they can have their much-needed downtime. The school will continue to be closed.

Online Learning

Yep, it’s spring break, but here are a couple of items to assist you with on-line learning before and after spring break:

That’s if for now…..

Please know that we here at Bella Vista appreciate the time and dedication you are spending helping your children learn during this soft closure. We are, all of us, true learning partners because “it takes a village to raise a child.” I love my Bella Vista village!

Thank you so much!

Sandra/Ms. Houlihan

Parent Newsletter 03/30/2020

March 30, 2020

Hello Families!

Greetings! The school is “officially closed” now; however, you can still reach out to us via email and phone.

Here are some items for the week:

Monday, March 30: Digital Citizenship Day

Today is your Digital Citizenship day with your students. By clicking on the “Digital Citizenship Lessons” link on the website below, you can access three (3) separate lessons for you and your students.

This link will take you to the information you need for Digital Citizenship….

Here is a screenshot of the site:

Screenshot from CSD Parent Connection Screen Shot with "Digital Citizenship Lessons" circled.

Click on Digital Citizenship Lessons, and you are good to go!

Tuesday, March 31: On-line Learning Begins on Canvas

Using the same link above, you can access the Canvas course…

See the screenshot below of the Canvas login. Click on the box circled by orange to access Canvas.

Screenshot from CSD Parent Connection Screen Shot with "Canvas" and "Canvas Login" Circled

You can always access the Parent Connections website as it is on the Canyons District Website home page.

Note: Your students may still have their library books–Good! Read them! We will collect them in May.

Take care!!

Ms. Houlihan

Parent Newsletter 03/20/2020

March 20, 2020

Hello Families!

In this crazy world we live in, it’s good to know that we can count on each other for safety and support!  I hope you are all doing well as you wash your hands, avoid touching your face, practice social distancing, and not being in groups larger than 10.  Oh, and securing your furniture to the wall in preparation for the next earthquake!   (And, hoarding TP and water!)

During this unsettling time, thank you for helping our tigers as they review materials online or in a packet.  We want our students to keep atop of their learning while school is closed.

Business and News

What’s next?  How long will this “soft closure” last?

That is the question on everyone’s mind.  Like you, we are awaiting instructions and information about what is next and how the end of this school year will finish.  Hold tight!  As soon as we know anything, you will know as well.  Watch for emails and listen to Skylerts from the school or District for ongoing information.

At-home Learning

As stated earlier, thank you for reinforcing learning while the students are away from school.  The teachers are still working and are available by phone or email to answer your questions.  While on-line learning is preferred, packets are still available in the front hall of the school. 

Question:  Are students expected to put in 6+ hours of learning a day?

Answer:  No.  Students are to complete the instructional review materials online or in a packet; these materials will not require 6+ hours of learning each day.  As always, have your student read at least 20 minutes every day.

Spring Testing

You have probably heard from the news that state-wide assessments will NOT be given this spring. 

I am available via email or school phone to answer questions, etc.  I am planning on being at the school as well.

Give those tigers a 6-foot hug from me!

Sandra to you; Ms. Houlihan to the tigers! 

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